Code with a Cause

Covo STL / St. Louis, MO / February 22-24, 2019

Code with a Cause

Code with a Cause, presented by Mastercard, is a hackathon that benefits nonprofit organizations in the Greater St. Louis region. During this 48-hour event, teams of technologists (developers, designers, project managers) are partnered with a nonprofit that has pre-identified a specific software need. At the end of the hackathon, the project is then given to the nonprofit to implement within their organization.

How it Works

The event starts on a Friday evening, where each of the selected nonprofits presents their technology challenge to all of the hackathon participants. Based on interest, participants will then select which project or ‘cause’ they would like to work on that weekend.

Each nonprofit will need to provide an organization representative (or several) that will help guide their technical team during the weekend. While it will not be required for that person to be on site during the entire weekend, the more input and direction they can provide, the stronger their final product will be. Both in-person and remote (on-call) mentors will be available to float amongst the teams to offer specific technical help. These mentors may lend specific expertise with design, data systems, copywriting, etc.

The event culminates on Sunday with final project presentations and celebration of what each team accomplished. After the event, participants are invited, but not required, to maintain a relationship with the nonprofit they are paired with.

Are you someone who’s interested in making a difference with technology? Learn more about participating → Participant Application.

Are you a nonprofit who could benefit from Code with a Cause? Learn more about how we work with nonprofits → Nonprofit Application.

If you have questions about Code with a Cause, please contact McKenna Sawchak at

Presenting Sponsor

At Mastercard, doing well and doing good go hand in hand. The company’s support for its community extends beyond charitable giving, valuing employee engagement just as highly. At Mastercard, employees are encouraged to bring their authentic selves to work, and for many of them, that means they get a chance to give back to their communities.

Mastercard’s global presence can be seen locally in several ways, including Girls4Tech, Mastercard’s signature education programs, aims to inspire middle school girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Since the program’s launch in 2014, it’s reached more than 95,000 girls in 21 countries, connecting them with Mastercard employees who serve as role models and mentors.

Supporting Sponsor

1904labs brings startup minds and innovative solutions to leading companies in a wide range of industry. The company develops specialized software solutions, delivering exceptional value to its clients, all while giving its team members the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally.

Central to the culture at 1904labs is giving back. The company’s community-minded approach is evident in the various programs 1904labs has supported since its founding in 2016. One signature program is 1904coders, a 12-week program in which employees of 1904labs serve as mentors and teach the fundamentals of software design and development to middle school students from Lift for Life Academy, an inner city charter school. More than 30 students have gone through the program to date and it continues to grow each year.

The company encourages employees to further their careers, developing both interpersonal and technical skills while working at 1904labs. To this end, the company has innovation time, during standard business hours, set aside for employees to work on their own personal or professional projects.

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